Dear Evangelical, It’s Unwise and Unhelpful to Mock Joel Osteen

Rick Thomas | 5/1/2019 | Rick Thomas
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If you knew of a person or a group of individuals were being deceived by someone, would you choose to mock them or their leader as a way to win them to the truth of God?

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If your goal is to mock someone, you will not win them over to your point of view. That’s what I was reading when one of our evangelical thought leaders (ETL) recirculated a so-called humorous test, written to mock Joel Osteen for his beliefs. It accomplished what it was intended to do. Thousands of people in the evangelical community had a big laugh, and the blogger’s stats got a bump, though Joel’s fans hated it.

As I read dozens of comments on several Facebook strings where the evangelical community shared his mockery, it was sad to read the perspectives from both crowds.

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As I read dozens of thoughts on several Facebook strings where the evangelical community shared his mockery, it was sad to read the comments from both crowds. It was like...
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